DISCLAIMER: This recap of The Magicians episode “Lost, Found, Fucked” contains more spoilers than the number of times Todd has ruined something simply by being Todd. Hey, he can’t help it, he’s Todd. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Fillorians! The Magicians put the pedal to the metal this week with its second episode of the season. We wasted zero time in propelling the overall story arc forward, and I’m all for it. One of my concerns was that our protagonists would remain bereft of their identities for multiple episodes. Thankfully, my fears were quelled and all is right with the world. The gang is back, baby! Julia inadvertently saved the day by unlocking a perpetually magical battery. This act reversed the intricate cloaking spell and gifted our magicians with their memories. Meanwhile, Margo embarked on her solo quest, and Lord Fresh made his much awaited debut. Boy, was he fresh.
Alright, ready to delve into “Lost, Found, Fucked?” Just be sure to leave Fogg alone for his downtime drinking. High-functioning alcoholics do their best pondering while solo.
We open with Eliot/Monster (Hale Appleman) and Quentin/Brian (Jason Ralph) in Greece. Eliot wishes to commune with a god, so he sends poor Quentin on a quest to catch and slaughter a pig. A sacrifice must be made, but by human hands only. No monsters allowed!
Meanwhile, Margo/Janet (Summer Bishil) is stuck in Fillory, courtesy of Ember. She stumbles upon a freshwater pond and commences splashing her face. Nothing like a good facial cleansing to get the brain juices flowing. Suddenly, she’s pulled under by an inexplicable force.
Next, Margo finds herself underwater, falling inadvertently prostrate before Lord Fresh (Anthony Ingram), who rules all the watery depths in Fillory. Lord Fresh explains that he possesses Margo’s birthright box, which contains all the memories she lost. He knows she’s the true High King under a hefty spell. However, she can only claim said box once the spell is lifted. To do that, Margo must seek out Ember. Finding a deceased god? Easy peasy. Lord Fresh sends Margo on her merry way.
Later, we see Marina 23 (Kacey Rohl) and Penny/Hansel (Arjun Gupta) break into Dean Fogg’s (Rick Worthy) office. Marina received a warning after her attempt to sever the intricate spell cloaking our heroes. Fogg warned her to cease tampering with the spell, or suffer the consequences. Thus, Marina and Penny decide to ransack Fogg’s office for answers. Fogg confronts them, but Marina, being the sass factory that she is, came prepared. She gives Fogg a dose of his own medicine – by sticking him with the same spell he cast on the magicians. Soon he’ll forget who he is.
Then, we pop over to Whitespire for a visit. Acting High King Fen (Brittany Curran) and Tick Pickwick (Rizwan Manji) are summoned to the dungeons, where the palace guards are holding Margo captive. Of course, nobody can see she’s their High King under the guise of a spell. However, Margo reveals she’s on a quest to track down Ember. Fen adds that she believes Ember has resurfaced, as the air is chock full of…opium. Yes, opium. That, and parties aplenty have cropped up all over Fillory. Perhaps they could team up to pinpoint the debaucherous goat god?
Meanwhile, Fogg sets about righting some wrongs before his identity disappears. Todd (Adam DiMarco) follows him around, scribbling down notes for the dean’s memoirs. Julia/Kim (Stella Maeve) pays Fogg a visit in his office. She reveals she’s on the precipice of flunking out of Brakebills. However, Fogg insists that she belongs in school, and she’ll find her footing soon enough. He reveals that a spell has been cast upon him, but Julia may be powerful enough to reverse it one day. He also informs her of the other students under the same spell. Of course, this information makes Julia suspicious of the fact that she could potentially be one of those students.
Next, Margo, Fen and Tick are brainstorming at Whitespire. They pull out a map of Fillory and pinpoint supposed Ember sightings that have occurred recently. They learn of a party currently raging at The Hare of the Ass Tavern. A day rager, to be exact. The trio sets out to intercept the god.
Later, Fogg meets with a woman who’s tailored his suits for decades. She too is a magician, so naturally the suits are imbued with spellwork. He reveals his fate, his regrets. This episode feels like a Henry Fogg swan song, and Worthy is exceptional. His performance is beautifully subtle. He runs into Julia in the hallway. She confronts him with her suspicions, that she is one of the spell-riddled students. Julia now has a new mission at hand: break the spell, then fend off the monster. Even non-Julia is so Julia, you guys.
Then, Marina runs into an old man begging for change outside her building. We see it’s really Fogg, under the spell he created. However, Marina only sees her homeless father. This just took an even darker turn, which I didn’t think was possible for The Magicians.
Meanwhile, Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is conspiring with Santa on an escape route. She learns that magic essentially runs through the pipes of the Library. Alice disconnects one of them and sticks her arm through it. Of course, this act slices the skin of her forearm, but Alice deems it all worth it for the encounter with magic again. She sends her cockroach outside her cell, and with the help of the magic surging through the pipes she’s able to cast a spell. Now she can see what the cockroach sees. The cockroach enters Zelda’s (Mageina Tovah) office, and for a brief moment Alice is able to observe the Head Librarian at work. That is, until Zelda stomps the cockroach to a merciless death. RIP little buddy.
Next, Eliot breaks Quentin’s arm to teach the latter a lesson. Quentin refuses to slaughter the pig he caught for the god summoning. However, he changes his tune after arm breaking. Finally, the god in question appears. Eliot beseeches the god to return what was taken from him. Of course, the god has no idea what Eliot’s talking about. Eliot discovers that the god standing before him is really a messenger. So, feeling betrayed, Eliot commences playing with the messenger’s internal organs. Yay!
Later, Julia meets with Todd at a Physical Kids party. He reveals that Fogg has one of Mayakovksy’s magical batteries in his possession. The duo decides to track down said battery in the hopes of utilizing magic to reverse the identity spell. The magical rations at Brakebills have been depleted, unfortunately. They find a box inside one of the classrooms, and out pops a glowing orb. Julia attempts to touch it but is subsequently flung across the room. Todd can’t feel a pulse on her. Suddenly, Julia rejoins the Land of the Living. She died, you guys!
Meanwhile, Margo and co. arrive at the tavern. However, someone dressed like Ember is in attendance. It’s Bacchus! That means the real Ember is still dead as a door nail.
Next, Julia incessantly tangos with death, attempting to touch the battery and dying in the process. Todd grows bored and listens to music. Julia repeats the process over and over again, until finally she’s able to make physical contact with the battery. Julia merely needed to build an immunity to its powers. The act renders the battery magic-less. Suddenly, we see our heroes revert to their real identities, with their memories intact. Everyone’s back!
In Fillory, Margo’s real identity is visible, and everyone falls prostrate before her. Margo tries to elicit an answer from Bacchus regarding his Ember disguise, but the latter zaps her back to Earth. Fen will have to continue as Acting High King for another day.
Meanwhile, Quentin, now himself, begs the Monster to return Eliot. However, the Monster rather enjoys being in Eliot’s body. Quentin also asks after his friends, and the Monster remembers that they all conspires to kill him. But, he grants Q’s wish and reunites our hero with his friends at Marina’s apartment. They’re all excited to see Q and Eliot, until the latter reveals that he’s really the formidable Monster that was unleashed from Blackspire. And he’s not here to play (for once).
The Magicians really amped up the action this episode. So much happened! Thankfully, our protagonists have their identities back. Now time to fend off the Monster and save Eliot!
Do you think Julia will reunite with the rest of the gang soon? Will Margo embark on a solo quest at the behest of Lord Fresh? What is Bacchus really up to? Join me next week as I continue to recap The Magicians, here at Geek Girl Authority.
The Magicians airs Wednesdays at 9pm on your SyFy affiliate.